Scottish Refugee Council and Refugee Survival Trust call for the end to destitution

Scottish Refugee Council and Refugee Survival Trust call for the end to destitutionOn 1st October, the Scottish Refugee Council and Refugee Survival Trust launched their campaign calling for the end to destitution. In Scotland, 1 in 4 people seeking asylum will experience a period of destitution, surviving on favours from friends, family or charity.

‘Destitution’ has been commissioned by British Red Cross,  the National Theatre of Scotland and the Scottish Refugee Council and is directed and produced by Chris Leslie. We first shared an extract of this  hard-hitting film by award-winning documentary maker Chris Leslie during the launch of Take A Stand, our Learn project inspired by the Glasgow Girls.

The film  tells the story of three refused asylum seekers Ako from Kurdistan, Michael from Zimbabwe and Mohsen from Iran and their poignant struggle to cope with destitution.

Simon Sharkey says “The National Theatre of Scotland was keen to be involved in supporting this film as a companion piece to our forthcoming theatre production of Glasgow Girls.  Glasgow Girls is ultimately a positive story of struggle over adversity, but I wanted to ensure that the Company  was also involved in highlighting the bigger picture of what happens to asylum seekers in Scotland.  The issues of destitution are wider, urgent and unresolved and they need to be addressed.”

Find out more about the campaign, watch the film in full and contribute your name to the online petition at

For further info on asylum and refugee issues in Scotland please visit

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About National Theatre of Scotland

In its short life, the National Theatre of Scotland has already earned a significant national and international reputation for its daring and originality. The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls and building-free, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests. The National Theatre of Scotland creates much of its work in partnership with theatre-makers, companies, venues and participants across the globe. From extraordinary projects with schools and communities, to the ground-breaking online 5 Minute Theatre to landmark pieces such as The James Plays by Rona Munro - the National Theatre of Scotland’s aspiration is to tell the stories that need to be told and to take work to wherever audiences are to be found.

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